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Boy ain’t it funny how things change. In April we were bitching that our players sucked and how great our former players were doing. Well now we are sitting here in the 2nd week of June and things have changed. The Braves offense is pretty good and our former players have comeback down to their normal standards.

Let’s start with Kelly Johnson. He is down to .268 with 12 homeruns and 26 RBIs. He has 50 strikeouts in 198 at-bats. How bad is that? Last year he had 54 strikeouts in 303 at-bats. Johnson is on pace to strikeout about 140 times this year which would blow past his career high of 117 in 521 at-bats in 2007, which was his 1st full year in the majors. And that’s not mentioning his awful defense.

The man that replaced Johnson, Martin Prado has a robust .328 average with 5 homeruns and 28 RBIs and only 32 strikeouts in 244 at-bats. He leads the NL with 80 hits and is a much more steady defensive player.

Next we head to Adam LaRoche. He is down to .261 with 7 homeruns and 33 RBIs. He has 55 strikeouts in 184 at-bats. But at least he is a solid defensive player.

The man that replaced LaRoche, Troy Glaus has a solid (for him) .274 average with 11 homeruns and 44 RBIs. He leads the NL in RBIs. He has 46 strikeouts in 197 at-bats which is again better than LaRoche. The only advantage LaRoche has over Glaus is defensively. But I’m willing to sacrifice a little defense for a lot more offense.

Jeff Francoeur was ripping it up in April but is down to .268 with 6 homeruns and 33 RBIs. But he has done a decent job of keeping his strikeouts in check with 33 in 194 at-bats. And we all know about his spotty defense.

The man that replaced Francoeur, Jason Heyward has hit the skids a little the last couple of weeks and as a result is down to .272 with 10 homeruns and 39 RBIs. He has 45 strikeouts in 184 at-bats. But that strikeout total has just spiked. He went about 3 weeks where he strikeout less than 10 times. It’s expected that a 20-year old rookie would have a lot of ups and downs like this. People just have to be patient. And so far his defense has been spotty.

The last guy I want to look at as sort of a bonus is Andruw Jones. After a red-hot April AJ is down to .216 with 10 homeruns and 21 RBIs. He has 34 strikeouts in 139 at-bats. He only has 30 hits. Having more strikeouts than hits is turrible! as Charles Barkley would say! Lol!

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